FMs of Iran, Pakistan discuss bilateral ties
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi Thursday met with Iran’s Foreign Minister Dr. Amir Abdullahian at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran and discussed matters of bilateral interest.
Special Representative for Afghanistan Ambassador Muhammad Sadiq, Ambassador of Pakistan to Iran, Rahim Hayat Qureshi and other senior officials accompanied the Foreign Minister.
The Foreign Minister congratulated his Iranian counterpart on getting endorsement from the Parliament on his appointment. Reaffirming desire to enhance bilateral relations in all areas, the Foreign Minister remarked that Pakistan considered Iran a close neighbour and important country.
In the bilateral context, the Foreign Minister recalled his previous visit to Tehran in April 2021, during which the two countries signed MoU on establishment of Border Sustenance Markets. Coupled with opening of new border crossing points, Foreign Minister Qureshi underlined that both the initiatives would improve livelihood of the people in the border region and facilitate movement.
The two foreign ministers had extensive discussion on regional security situation. Foreign Minister Qureshi appreciated Iran’s steadfast support on Kashmir issue, specially at the highest level.
On the developing situation in Afghanistan, the Foreign Minister remarked that a coordinated approach was important for security, stability and inclusive political settlement in Afghanistan. Return of peace in Afghanistan would provide impetus to greater economic integration, regional connectivity and facilitate people-to-people linkages.
Foreign Minister Qureshi reiterated invitation to Dr. Abdullahian to visit Pakistan.
Dr. Amir Abdullahian warmly welcomed Foreign Minister Qureshi and reaffirmed Iran’s policy to continue strong bilateral relations. He welcomed Foreign Minister’s initiative to advance regional approach on Afghanistan for the mutual benefit of the region.
Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi is the first Foreign Minister to meet Dr. Abdullahian, after his appointment as the Foreign Minister of Iran.
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